One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The observation that voiceless fricatives in Germanic predicted by Grimm's Law became voiced if the preceding syllable in the corresponding Indo-European word was unstressed, as in the English words death and dead.
- ‘Verner published his results in 1875, and the patterns he described came to be known as Verner's Law.’
- ‘No exceptions and no examples of Verner's Law are involved.’
- ‘The Danish scholar Carl Verner thus corrected the major deficiency of Grimm's Law by introducing a further sound shift Law, since called Verner's Law.’
- ‘Similarly, Grimm's Law, Verner's Law, and Grassman's Law are transformed into SpecGram's Law.’
Late 19th century: named after Karl A. Verner (1846–96), Danish philologist.
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